The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Health Department encourages reviewing immunization status when planning on travelling

WHITBY, ON April 29, 2015

The busy summer travel season is almost here and Durham Region Health Department is using National Immunization Awareness Week, April 25 to May 2, to remind residents to also review their immunization history as part of their travel plans.

“Summer travel plans provide an excellent opportunity to review your immunization record and talk to your health care provider about the new immunizations or boosters that travellers may need,” said Stephen Rew, a public health nurse with the Health Department. “This is especially important when travelling with infants or young children.”

If travelling outside of Canada, depending on the destination and nature of travel, additional vaccines may be recommended to better protect all travellers. Some countries may require proof of immunization against certain diseases upon arrival.

The Health Department recommends that you review your immunization status well in advance of your travel date, as it may take several weeks for a vaccine to provide protection. Mr. Rew added that you may also need to visit your health care provider at least six weeks before your trip, as some vaccines must be given in a series over a period of days and weeks.

“However, even if the trip is sooner than six weeks, people should still visit their health care provider as it’s still beneficial to receive vaccines, medicines or other information that could help to provide protection from illness or injuries. Your health care provider or travel health clinic can determine what’s right for you and your family.”

For more information on recommended routine immunizations and travel health information, please visit Information is also available through the Government of Canada at and the Public Health Agency of Canada at

Media inquiries:

The Regional Municipality of Durham:

Glendene Collins – Health Department, 905-668-7711 ext. 2999 or

If this information is required in an accessible format, please contact the Accessibility Co-ordinator at 1-800-372-1102 extension 2009.

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